Live blog: 49ers @ Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Welcome to the live blog for the 49ers’ 2012 season opener against the Green Bay Packers. I’ll be updating this frequently with analysis and impressions. My dad and I entered the breakfast area of our hotel in Appleton. Wisc. a little after 10:15 a.m., Central Time. The place was packed with out-of-towners wearing full Packers get-ups, one man sporting a yellow and green wig as he…

September 9, 2012

Prediction: Packers defeat 49ers

The Packers will beat the 49ers Sunday, 34-23. The Packers are going to double-team both Justin and Aldon Smith. The left guard and center – T.J. Lang and Jeff Saturday – will take Justin Smith, and the left tackle and running back – Marshall Newhouse and Cedric Benson – will take Aldon Smith. Aaron Rodgers will have enough time to find open receivers and exploit the 49ers secondary, which is…

September 8, 2012

Predicting the Niners record next season

I’ve got another game we can play as we spin our wheels this offseason. What will the Niners regular record be next season? This is not a fruitless exercise. This is another way of examining how the Niners currently stack up against their competition. Some questions to consider while making your projections: How will the Niners change next season? How will their opponents adjust? How will the Niners adjust to…

July 11, 2012

Preview: How the Niners match up against the Packers

As we examine the details of team building this offseason, let’s also look at the big picture, just for fun. How do the Niners match up against the Green Bay Packers, their first opponent next season? NINERS DEFENSE VS. PACKERS OFFENSE: Green Bay may have the best offense in the NFL, but it doesn’t match up well with the Niners defense because Green Bay’s offensive line simply isn’t good enough….

May 23, 2012

49ers still get no respect

Despite beating the Super Bowl champion New York Giants in Week 10 and coming a few plays short of beating them again in the NFC championship game, the Niners only have a one-in-ten shot at winning next season’s Super Bowl according to the MGM Grand’s sports book in Las Vegas. The MGM Grand is wrong. The Niners should be the preseason favorites to win the 2013 Super Bowl. They were…

February 7, 2012

NFL power pendulum swings back to the NFC

It’s the morning after Super Bowl XLVI, I just woke up and I have two points to make. Here’s the first: The NFL is an NFC-dominated league once again. They’ve won three Super Bowls in a row. Three years ago it was the Saints beating the Colts. Last year it was the Packers beating the Steelers. Now, the Giants beat the Patriots for the second time in four years (Before…

February 6, 2012

Grant’s thoughts on the Giants and Falcons

Since we’re all watching football today, I have some thoughts on the Giants and the Falcons. First, the Falcons. They need a new quarterback and a new coaching staff. Matt Ryan is like Alex Smith without any of the good qualities. His arm strength is nothing special, he never makes a play and he chokes. He won’t win a playoff game – he’ll probably lose it. So it’s time for…

January 8, 2012

Cosell says the Niners are “built in a way that always leads to success,” but he has one final question

NFL Films senior producer Greg Cosell spoke on KNBR this morning about the Niners. Here’s the transcript of what he said. Q: Jim Harbaugh is saying that the Seahawks defense is better than the Steelers’ defense is right now. Is that a fair statement? COSELL: I think it’s a very fair statement. In fact, one could easily make the argument that the best young secondary in the NFL resides in…

December 22, 2011

Steve Young: “Alex is slowly becoming part of the reason why they’re winning.”

Here’s the transcript of Wednesday afternoon’s Steve Young show with the Razor and Mr. T on KNBR. Enjoy. Q: Here’s Steve Young, who’s convinced us over the years that playing quarterback is an art. YOUNG: Did you see Tom Brady in the third quarter? I want to say at the end of the third quarter they were up sixteen to nine I want to say, and he drove 82 yards…

November 17, 2011